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Steiner LX, Wiese J, Rahn T, Borchert E, Slaby B, Hentschel U (2024) Maribacter Halichondriae sp. nov., isolated from the marine sponge Halichondria panicea displays features of a sponge‑associated life style, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. Mar 15;117(1):56.

von Hoyningen-Huene AJE, Bang C, Rausch P, Rühlemann M, Fokt H, He J, Jensen N, Knop M, Petersen C, Schmittmann L, Zimmer T, Baines JF, Bosch TCG, Hentschel U, Reusch TBH, Roeder T, Franke A, Schulenburg H, Stukenbrock E and Schmitz RA (2024) The archaeome in metaorganism research, with a focus on marine models and their bacteria– archaea interactions. Front. Microbiol. 15:1347422. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2024.1

Maldonado M, Bayer K, López-Acosta M (2024) Nitrogen and Phosphorus Cycling Through Marine Sponges: Physiology, Cytology, Genomics, and Ecological Implications. Frontiers in Invertebrate Physiology: A Collection of Reviews Apple Academic Press. eBook ISBN 9781003403319

Busch K, Marulanda-Gómez A, Morganti TM, Bayer K, and Pita L (2024) Sponge Symbiosis: Microbes Make an Essential Part of What It Means to Be a Sponge. Frontiers in Invertebrate Physiology: A Collection of Reviews Apple Academic Press, eBook ISBN 9781003403319



Pavlopoulos, G.A., Baltoumas, F.A., Liu, S. et al. (2023) Unraveling the functional dark matter through global metagenomics. Nature 622, 594–602. DOI:

Stenvers V, Hauss H, Bayer T, Havermans C, Hentschel U, Schmittmann L, Sweetman A, Hoving HJ (2023) Experimental mining plumes and ocean warming trigger stress in a deep pelagic jellyfish. Nat Comm 14(1), 7352. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-43023-6

Domin H, Zimmermann J, Taubenheim J, Fuentes Reyes G, Saueressig L, Prasse D, Höppner M, Schmitz RA, Hentschel U, Kaleta C, Fraune S (2023) Sequential host-bacteria and bacteria-bacteria interactions determine the microbiome establishment of Nematostella vectensis. Microbiome 11, 257. DOI: 10.1186/s40168-023-01701-z

Faist H, Ankenbrand MJ, Sickel W, Hentschel U, Keller A, Deeken R (2023) Opportunistic bacteria of grapevine crown galls are equipped with the genomic repertoire for opine utilization. Genome Biology and Evolution 15 (12)

Brodnicke OB, Meyer HK, Busch K, Xavier JR, Knudsen, SW, Møller PR, Hentschel U, Sweet MJ (2023) Deep-sea sponge derived environmental DNA analysis reveals demersal fish diversity of a remote Arctic ecosystem. Scientific Reports special issue Deep-sea biodiversity and Conservation. DOI:

Tora D, Hentschel U, Lips S, Schmitt-Jansen M, Borchert E (2023) 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis of the microbial community on microplastic samples from the North Atlantic and Great Pacific Garbage Patches. Afr J Microbiol Res 17(5):123-138. DOI:

Galarza-Verkovitch D, Turak O, Wiese J, Rahn T, Hentschel U, Borchert E (2023) Bioprospecting for polyesterase activty relevant for PET degradation in marine Enterobacterales isolates. AIMS Microbiology 9(3):518-539, DOI: 10.3934/microbiol.2023027

Marulanda-Gomez AM, Bayer K, Pita L, Hentschel U (2023) A novel in-vivo phagocytosis assay to gain cellular insights on sponge-microbe interactions. Front. Mar. Sci., 10 - 2023. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2023.1176145        

Carrier TJ, Schmittmann L, Jung S, Pita S, Hentschel U (2023) Maternal provisioning of an obligate symbiont in a sponge. Ecology and Evolution 13: DOI: 10.1002/ece3.10012



Ulrich L, Giez C, Steiner LX, Hentschel U, Lachnit T (2022) Adaptive lifestyle of bacteria determines phage-bacteria interaction. Front Microbiol 13. DOI:         

Carrier TJ, Bosch TCG (2022) Symbiosis: the other cells in development. Development. 149(13):dev200797. DOI: 10.1242/dev.200797. Epub                      

Wessel GM, Kiyomoto M, Reitzel AM, Carrier TJ (2022) Pigmentation biosynthesis influences the microbiome in sea urchins. Proc Royal Sci 289(1981). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2022.1088. Epub

Schmittmann L, Rahn T, Busch K, Fraune S, Pita L, Hentschel U (2022) Stability of a dominant sponge-symbiont in spite of antibiotic-induced microbiome disturbance. Environm Microbiol

Borchert E, Chow J, Hentschel U, Streit, WR (2022) Marine Mikroorganismen für den Plastikabbau. Biospektrum 28, 594–596.

Busch K, Slaby BM, Bach W, Boetius A, Clefsen I, Colaço A, Creemers M, Cristobo J, Federwisch L, Franke A, Gavriilidou A, Hethke A, Kenchington E, Mienis F, Mills S, Riesgo A, Ríos P, Roberts EM, Sipkema D, Pita L, Schupp PJ, Xavier J, Rapp HT & Hentschel U (2022) Biodiversity, environmental drivers, and sustainability of the global deep-sea sponge microbiome. Nat Commun 13, 5160.                                                                                     

Ramondenc S, Nöthig EM, Hufnagel L, Bauerfeind E, Busch K, Knüppel N, Kraft A, Schröter F, Seifert M, Iversen MH (2022) Effects of Atlantification and changing sea-ice dynamics on zooplankton community structure and carbon flux between 2000 and 2016 in the eastern Fram Strait. Limnology and Oceanography.           

Peixoto RS, Voolstra CR, Sweet M, Duarte CM, Carvalho S, Villela H, Lunshof JE, Gram L, Woodhams DC, Walter J, Roik A, Hentschel U, Vega Thurber R, Daisley B, Ushijima B, Daffonchio D, Costa R, Keller-Costa T, Bowman J, Rosado AS, Reid G, Mason CE, Walke JB, Thomas T, Berg G (2022) Harnessing the microbiome to prevent global biodiversity loss. Nat Microbiol. DOI 10.1038/s41564-022-01173-1

Carrier TJ, Maldonado M, Schmittmann L, Pita L, Bosch TCG, Hentschel U (2022) Symbiont transmission in marine sponges: reproduction, development, and metamorphosis. BMC Biol 20, 100.

Horna-Gray I, Lopez NA, Ahn Y, Saks B, Girer N,  Hentschel U, McCarthy  PJ, Kerkhof LJ, Häggblom MM (2022) Desulfoluna spp. form a cosmopolitan group of anaerobic dehalogenating bacteria widely distributed in marine sponges. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 98(7). DOI 10.1093/femsec/fiac063

Taboada S, Ríos P, Mitchell A, Cranston A, Busch K, Tonzo V, Cárdenas P, Sánchez F, Leiva C, Koutsouveli V, Cristobo J, Xavier JR, Hentschel U, Rapp HT, Morrow C, Drewery J, Romero PE, Arias MB, Riesgo A (2022) Genetic diversity, gene flow and hybridization in fan-shaped sponges (Phakellia spp.) in the North-East Atlantic deep sea. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. Deep–Sea Research I 181.

Morganti TM, Slaby BM, de Kluijver A, Busch K, Hentschel U, Middelburg J, Grotheer H, Mollenhauer G, Dannheim J, Rapp HT, Purser A, Boetius A (2022) Giant sponge grounds of Central Arctic seamounts are associated with extinct seep life (Langseth Ridge, 87°N, 61°E). Nat Commun 13, 638 (2022).

Carrier TJ, McAlister JS (2022) Microbiota associated with echinoid eggs and the implications for maternal provisioning, Marine Ecology Progress Series. MEPS 683:67-79. DOI:

Kustra, MC & TJ Carrier (2022) On the spread of microbes that manipulate reproduction in marine invertebrates. The American Naturalist 200(2): 181-301. DOI:

Imhoff JF, Kyndt JA & Meyer TE (2022) Genomic comparison, phylogeny and taxonomic reevaluation of the Ectothiorhodospiraceae and description of Halorhodospiraceae fam. nov., and Halochlorospira gen. nov. Microorganisms 10(2): 295. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms10020295

Imhoff JF, Wilmotte A (2022) International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes. Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Phototrophic Bacteria: Minutes of the closed online Meeting from 9–27 August 2021. IJSEM, 72 (1). Art.Nr. 005212. DOI 10.1099/ijsem.0.005212.

Imhoff JF, Wilmotte A (2022) International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes. Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria: Minutes of the meetings 04 August 2015, Tübingen, Germany. IJSEM 72: Art, Nr, 005211. DOI 10.1099/ijsem.0.005211

Kyndt JA, Aviles FA, Imhoff JF, Künzel S, Neulinger SC and Meyer TE (2022) Comparative Genome Analysis of the Photosynthetic Betaproteobacteria of the Genus Rhodocyclus: Heterogeneity within Strains Assigned to Rhodocyclus tenuis and Description of Rhodocyclus gracilis sp. nov. as a New Species. Microorganisms, 10 (3). 649. DOI 10.3390/microorganisms10030649.                 


Villalobos AS, Wiese J, Borchert E, Rahn T, Slaby BM, Steiner LX, Künzel S, Dorador C and Imhoff JF (2021) Micromonospora tarapacensis sp. nov., a bacterium isolated from a hypersaline lake. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 71 (11). Art.Nr. 005109.

Schmittmann L, Franzenburg S and Pita L (2021) Individuality in the immune repertoire and induced response of the sponge Halichondria panicea. Front Immunol, 12, Art.Nr. 689051.

Geraghty S, Koutsouveli V, Hall C, Chang L, Sacristan-Soriano O, Hill, M, Riesgo A, Hill A and Sloan D (2021) Establishment of host–algal endosymbioses: genetic response to symbiont versus prey in a sponge host. Genome Biology and Evolution, 13 (11). Art.Nr. evab252. DOI 10.1093/gbe/evab252

Robbins SJ, Song, W, Engelberts J P, Glasl B, Slaby BM, Boyd J, Marangon E, Botté ES, Laffy P, Thomas T and Webster NS (2021) A genomic view of the microbiome of coral reef demosponges.  ISME Journal, 15:1641-1654. DOI 10.1038/s41396-020-00876-9

Fernandez-Lopez L, Sanchez-Carrillo S, Garcia-Moyano A, Borchert E, Almendral D, Alonso S, Cea-Rama I, Miguez N, Larsen O, Werner J, Makarova KS, Plou FJ, Dahlgren TG, Sans-Aparicio J, Hentschel U, Bjerga GEK and Ferrer M (2021) The bone-degrading enzyme machinery: From multi-component understanding to the treatment of residues from the meat industry. Computational and Structural Biotechnology 19:6328-6342

Coons AK, Busch K, Lenz M, Hentschel U and Borchert E (2021) Biogeography rather than substrate type determines bacterial colonization dynamics of marine plastics. PeerJ, 9 Art.Nr. e12135. DOI 10.7717/peerj.12135. .

Reusch TBH, Schubert PR, Marten SM, Gill D, Karez R, Busch K and Hentschel U (2021) Lower Vibrio spp. abundances in Zostera marina leaf canopies suggest a novel ecosystem function for temperate seagrass beds. Mar Biol 168, 149          

Hentschel U (2021) Harnessing the power of host–microbe symbioses to address grand challenges. Nat Rev Microbiol

Campana S, Busch K, Hentschel U, Muyzer G and de Goeij JM (2021) DNA-stable isotope probing (DNA-SIP) identifies marine sponge-associated bacteria actively utilizing dissolved organic matter (DOM). Environmental Microbiology 23(8):4489–4504

Campana S, Demey C, Busch K, Hentschel U, Muyzer G and de Goeij JM (2021) Marine sponges maintain stable bacterial communities between reef sites with different coral to algae cover ratios, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 97 (9). Art.Nr. fiab115. DOI 10.1093/femsec/fiab115

Carrier TJ, Leigh BA, Deaker DJ, Devens HR , Wray GA, Bordenstein SR, Byrne M and Reitzel AM (2021) Microbiome reduction and endosymbiont gain from a switch in sea urchin life history. PNAS 118(16):e2022023118 DOI:10.1073/pnas.2022023118

Carrier TJ, Beaulieu S E, Mills SW, Mullineaux LS and Reitzel AM (2021) Larvae of deep-sea invertebrates harbor low-diversity bacterial communities.  The Biological Bulletin, 241. 000-000. DOI 10.1086/715669

Doering T, Wall M, Putchim L, Rattanawongwan T, Schroeder R, Hentschel U and Roik A (2021) Towards enhancing coral heat tolerance: a “microbiome transplantation” treatment using inoculations of homogenized coral tissues. Microbiome 9:102,

Morganti TM, Purser A, Rapp HT, German CR, Jakuba MV, Hehemann L, Blendl J, Slaby BM and Boetius A (2021) In situ observation of sponge trails suggests common sponge locomotion in the deep central Arctic. Current Biology 31(8):368-370,

de Kluijver A, Nierop KGJ, Morganti TM, Bart MC, Slaby BM, Hanz U, de Goeij JM, Mienis F and Middelburg JJ (2021) Bacterial precursors and unsaturated long-chain fatty acids are biomarkers of North-Atlantic demosponges. PLoS ONE 16(1): e0241095

Borchert E, Hammerschmidt K, Hentschel U and Deines P (2021) Enhancing microbial pollutant degradation by integrating eco-evolutionary principles with environmental biotechnology. Trends Microbiol.,

Maldonado M, López-Acosta M, Busch K, Slaby BM, Bayer K, Beazley L, Hentschel U, Kenchington E and Rapp HT (2021) A microbial nitrogen engine modulated by bacteriosyncytia in hexactinellid sponges: Ecological implications for deep-sea communities. Front. Mar. Sci. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.638505          

Jahn MT, Lachnit T, Markert SM, Stigloher C, Pita L, Ribes M, Dutilh BE and Hentschel U (2021) Lifestyle of sponge symbiont phages by host prediction and correlative microscopy. ISME J

Borchert E, Garcia-Moyano A, Sanchez-Carrillo S, Dahlgren TG, Slaby BM, Bjerga GEK, Ferrer M, Franzenburg S and Hentschel U (2021) Deciphering a marine bone degrading microbiome reveals a complex community effort. mSystems 6(1): e01218-20. doi: 10.1128/mSystems.01218-20

Burgsdorf I, Sizikov S, Squatrito V, Britstein M, Slaby BM, Cerrano C, Handley KM and Steindler L (2021) Lineage-specific energy and carbon metabolism of sponge symbionts and contributions to the host carbon pool. ISME Journal, online first 07 December 2021

Busch K, Taboada S, Riesgo A, Koutsouveli V, Ríos P, Cristobo J, Franke A, Getzlaff K, Schmidt C, Biastoch A and Hentschel U (2021) Population connectivity of fan-shaped sponge holobionts in the deep Cantabrian Sea. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers.

Glaeser SP, Rückert C Abdelmohsen UR, Winkler A, Blom J, Goesmann A, Kalinowski J, Hentschel U,  Busse HJ and Kämpfer P (2021) Streptomyces dysideae sp. nov. isolated from a marine the Mediterranean sponge Dysidea tupha. IJSEM doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.004672

Kyndt JA, Montano Salama D, Meyer TE and Imhoff JF (2021) Phylogenetic relationship of phototrophic heliobacteria and systematic reconsideration of species and genus assignments based on genome sequences of eight species.  Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 71, 4729.

An DF, Jiang LQ, Zhang K, Li GD, Wang XY, Jiang, MG, Lang L, Wang LS, Imhoff JF,  Jiang CL and Jiang Y (2021) Glaciibacter flavus sp. nov., isolated from a lichen sample. Arch. Microbiol. 203, 2439-2444. doi 10.1007/s00203-021-02247-0.

Imhoff JF (2021) Editorial for the Special Issue: Advances in the Biology of Phototrophic Bacteria. Microorganisms, 9 (10). Art.Nr. 2119. DOI 10.3390/microorganisms9102119             

Imhoff JF, Rahn T, Künzel S, Keller A and Neulinger SC (2021) Osmotic adaptation and compatible solute biosynthesis of phototrophic bacteria as revealed from genome analyses. Microorganisms, 9 (1):46. DOI 10.3390/microorganisms9010046

Imhoff JF, Meyer TE and Kyndt JA (2021) The genome sequence of the giant phototrophic gammaproteobacterium Thiospirillum jenense gives insight into its physiological properties and phylogenetic relationships. Arch Microbiol 203(1):97-105. 00203-020-02006-7


Utermann C, Blümel M, Busch K, Buedenbender L, Lin Y, Haltli BA, Kerr RG, Briski E, Hentschel U, Tasdemir D (2020) Comparative microbiome and metabolome analyses of the marine tunicate Ciona intestinalis from native and invaded habitats. Microorganisms. doi:10.3390/microorganisms8122022

Díez‐Vives C, Taboada S, Leiva C, Busch K, Hentschel U, Riesgo A (2020) On the way to specificity ‐ Microbiome reflects sponge genetic cluster primarily in highly structured populations.  Mol Ecol. 29(22): 4412–4427. doi: 10.1111/mec.15635

Busch K, Hanz U, Mienis F, Müller B, Franke A, Roberts EM, Rapp HT, Hentschel U (2020) On giant shoulders: How a seamount affects the microbial community composition of seawater and sponges. Biogeosciences:

Busch K, Wurz E, Rapp HT, Bayer, K, Franke A , Hentschel U (2020) Chloroflexi dominate the deep-sea golf ball sponges Craniella zetlandica and Craniella infrequens throughout different life stages.  Front. Mar. Sci., 7. Art.Nr. 674.

Bayer K, Busch K, Kenchington E, Beazley L, Franzenburg S, Michels J, Hentschel U, Slaby BM (2020) Microbial strategies for survival in the glass sponge Vazella pourtalesii. mSystems00473-20. doi: 10.1101/20t20.05.28.122663

Choo S, Wiese J, Borchert E, Saha M, Künzel S, Weinberger F, Hentschel U (2020) Polaribacter nordstrandensis sp. nov., isolated from the biofilm of a stone from the North Sea. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 70(7):4305-4314. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.004290

Busch K, Beazley L, Kenchington E, Whoriskey F, Slaby B, Hentschel U (2020) Microbial diversity of the glass sponge Vazella pourtalesii in response to anthropogenic activities. Conservation Genetics, 21. pp. 1001-1010. doi: 10.1007/s10592-020-01305-2

Li Z, Hentschel U, Webster N, Olson J, Häggblom M (2020) Editorial: special issue on sponge microbiome. FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 96 (5). fiaa075. DOI 10.1093/femsec/fiaa075

Wu YC, Garcia-Altares M, Pintó B, Ribes M, Hentschel U, Pita L (2020) Opisthobranch grazing results in mobilisation of spherulous cells and re-allocation of secondary metabolites in the sponge Aplysina aerophoba. Scientific Rep:

Rix L, Ribes M, Coma R, Jahn MT, van Oevelen D, de Goeij J, Escrig S, Meibom A, Hentschel U (2020) Heterotrophy in the earliest gut: A single-cell view of heterotrophic carbon and nitrogen assimilation in sponge-microbe symbioses. ISME J:

Busch K, Hanz U, Mienis F, Müller B, Franke A, Roberts EM, Rapp HT, Hentschel U (2020) On giant shoulders: How a seamount affects the microbial community composition of seawater and sponges. Biogeosciences:

Schmittmann L, Jahn M, Pita L, Hentschel U (2020) Decoding cellular dialogues between sponges, bacteria and phages. In Cellular Dialogues in the Holobiont (Bosch & Hadfield, eds.) CRC Press, USA. pp. 49-63.

Franke A, Blenckner T, Duarte CM, Ott K, Fleming LE, Antia A, Reusch, TBH, Bertram C, Hein J, Kronfeld-Goharani U, Dierking J, Kuhn A, Sato C, van Doorn E, Wall M, Schartau M. Karez R, Crowder L, Keller DP, Engel A, Hentschel U, Prigge E (2020)  Operationalizing Ocean Health: Toward Integrated Research on Ocean Health and Recovery to Achieve Ocean Sustainability. One Earth, 2 (6). pp. 557-565. doi 10.1016/j.oneear.2020.05.013

Murray AE, Freudenstein J, Gribaldo S, Hatzenpichler R, Hugenholtz P, Kämpfer P, Konstantinidis KT, Lane CE, Papke TR, Parks DH, Rossello-Mora R, Stott MB, Sutcliffe IC, Thrash C, Venter ST, Whitman WB, Acinas SG, Amann R, Anantharaman K, Armengaud J, Baker BJ, Barco RA, Bode HB, Boyd ES, Brady CL, Carini P, Chain PSG, Colman DR, DeAngelis KM, Asuncion de los Rios M, Estrada-de los Santos P, Dunlap CA, Eisen JA, Emerson D, Ettema TJG, Eveillard D, Girguis PR, Hentschel U, Hollibaugh JT, Hug LA, Inskeep WP, Ivanova EP, Klenk HP, Li WJ, Lloyd KG, Löffler FE, Makhalanyane T, Moser DP, Nunoura T, Palmer M, Parro V, Pedrós-Alió C, Probst AJ, Smits THM, Steen AD, Steenkamp AT, Spang A, Stewart FJ, Tiedje JM, Vandamme P, Wagner M, Wang FP, Hedlund BP, Reysenbach AL. (2020) Roadmap for naming uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria. Nat Microbiol.

Steinert G, Busch K, Bayer K, Kodami S, Martinez Arbizu P, Kelly M, Mills S, Erpenbeck D, Dohrmann M, Wörheide G, Hentschel U, Peter J. Schupp PJ (2020) Compositional and quantitative insights into bacterial and archaeal communities of South Pacific deep-sea sponges (Demospongiae and Hexactinellida). Front Microbiol 11, 716:

Wiese J, Imhoff JF, Horn H, Borchert E, Kyrpides NC, Göker M, Klenk HP, Woyke T, Hentschel U (2020). Genome analysis of the marine bacterium Kiloniella laminariae and first insights into comparative genomics with related Kiloniella species. Arch Microbiol 202(4):815-824. doi: 10.1007/s00203-019-01791-0

Johnke J, Fraune S, Bosch TCG, Hentschel U, Schulenburg H (2020) Bdellovibrio and like organisms are predictors of microbiome diversity in distinct host groups. Microb Ecol

Deines P, Hammerschmidt K, Bosch TCG (2020) Exploring the niche concept in a simple metaorganism. Front Microbiol. 11: 1942. Published online 2020 Aug 11. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.01942                                                     

Deines P, Hammerschmidt K, Bosch TCB (2020) Microbial species coexistence depends on the host environment. mBio 11:e00807-20                     

Dierking K and Pita L (2020) Receptors Mediating Host-Microbiota Communication in the Metaorganism: The Invertebrate Perspective. Front. Immunol., 11, 1251., 16 June 2020 |          

Fiore CL, Jarett JK, Steinert G and Lesser MP (2020) Trait-Based Comparison of Coral and Sponge Microbiomes. Open Access Scientific Reports, 10  (1). Art.Nr. 2340. DOI 10.1038/s41598-020-59320-9 <>

Stengel ST, Fazio A, Lipinski S, Jahn MT, Aden K, Ito G, Wottawa F, Kuiper JWP, Coleman OI, Tran F, Bordoni D, Bernardes JP, Jentzsch M, Luzius A, Bierwirth S, Messner B,  Henning A, Welz L, Kakavand N, Falk-Paulsen M, Imm S, Hinrichsen F,  Zilbauer M, Schreiber S, Kaser A, Blumberg R, Haller D, Rosenstiel P (2020) Activating transcription factor 6 mediates inflammatory signals in intestinal epithelial cells upon endoplasmic reticulum stress. Gastroenterology, 159, Issue 4, 1357-1374. DOI:

Imhoff JF, Meyer TE & Kyndt JA (2020) Genomic and genetic sequence information of strains assigned to the genus Rhodopseudomonas reveal the great heterogeneity of the group and identify strain Rhodopseudomonas palustris DSM 123T as the authentic type strain of this specie. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, 70, Issue 6, 2020

Heiman CM, Wiese J, Kupferschmied P, Maurhofer M, Keel C, Vacheron J (2020) Draft genome sequence of Pseudomonas sp. LD120 isolated from the marine alga Saccharina latissima. MRA (Microbiology Resource Announcements) 9, e01305-19.


Batani G, Bayer K, Böge J, Hentschel U, Thomas T (2019) Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and cell sorting of living bacteria. Sci Rep 9(1):18618. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-55049-2.

Jahn MT, Arkhipova K, Markert SM, Stigloher C, Lachnit T, Pita L, Kupczok A, Ribes M, Stengel ST, Rosenstiel P, Dutilh BE, Hentschel U (2019). A phage protein aids bacterial symbionts in eukaryote immune evasion. Cell Host & Microbe 26(4):542-550.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2019.08.019.

Sieber M, Pita L, Weiland-Bräuer N, Dirksen P, Wang J, Mortzfeld B, Franzenburg S, ID Schmitz RA, Baines JF, Fraune S, Hentschel U, Schulenburg H, Bosch TCG, Traulsen A (2019) Neutrality in the metaorganism. PLoS Biol 17(6): e3000298.

Rausch P, Rühlemann M, Hermes BM, Doms S, Dagan T, Dierking K, Domin H, Fraune S, von Frieling J, Hentschel U, Heinsen FA, Höppner M, Jahn MT, Jaspers C, Kissoyan KAB, Langfeldt D, Rehman A, Reusch TBH, Roeder T, Schmitz RA, Schulenburg H, Soluch R, Sommer F, Stukenbrock E, Weiland-Bräuer N, Rosenstiel P, Franke A, Bosch T, Baines JF (2019). Comparative analysis of amplicon and metagenomic sequencing methods reveals key features in the evolution of animal metaorganisms. Microbiome 7:133. doi: 10.1186/s40168-019-0743-1

Rubin-Blum M, Antony CP, Sayavedra L, Birgel D, Peckmann J, Wu YC, Cárdenas P, Martinez-Perez C, Marcon Y, MacDonald I, Sahling H, Hentschel U, Dubilier N (2019) Fueled by methane: Deep-sea sponges from asphalt seeps gain their nutrition from methane-oxidizing symbionts.  ISME J. 13(5):1209-1225; doi: 10.1038/s41396-019-0346-7.

Villalobos AS, Wiese J, Imhoff,JF, Dorador C, Keller A, Hentschel U (2019) Systematic affiliation and genome analysis of Subtercola vilae DB165T with particular emphasis on cold adaptation of an isolate from a high-altitude cold volcano lake. Microorganisms 7(4):107;

Helber SB, Steinert G, Wu YC, Rohde S, Hentschel U, Muhando CA and Schupp PJ (2019) Sponges from Zanzibar host diverse and largely unexplored prokaryotic communities with potential for natural product synthesis. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 95 (4), fiz026,

Karimi E, Keller-Costa T, Slaby BM, Cox CJ, da Rocha UN, Hentschel U, Costa R (2019). Genomic blueprints of sponge-prokaryote symbiosis are shared by low abundant and cultivable Alphaproteobacteria. Scientific Reports 9: 1999.

Hildebrand F, Silva L, Blasche S, Jahn MT, Gossmann T, Heuerta-Cepas J, Hercog R, Luetge M, Bahram M, Pryszlak A, Alves R, Waszak S, Zhu A, Ye L, Costea P, Aalvink S, Belzer C, Forslund S, Sunagawa S, Hentschel U, Merten C, Patil K, Benes V, Bork P (2019) Antibiotics-induced monodominance of a novel gut bacterial order. Gut 0:1–10. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2018-317715

Slaby BM, Franke A, Rix, L, Pita, L, Bayer, K, Jahn MT, Hentschel, U (2019) Marine Sponge Holobionts in Health and Disease. In: Symbiotic Microbiomes of Coral Reefs Sponges and Corals., ed. by Li, Zhiyong. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 81-104; doi 10.1007/978 94-024-1612-1_7.

Jaspers C, Fraune S, Arnold AE, Miller DJ, Bosch T, Voolstra CR and Pita L and Consortium of Australian Academy of Science Boden Research Conference Participants (2019) Resolving structure and function of metaorganisms through a holistic framework combining reductionist and integrative approaches.  Zoology, 133 pp. 81-87. DOI 10.1016/j.zool.2019.02.007

Steinert G, Wemheuer B, Janussen D, Erpenbeck D, Daniel R, Simon M, Brinkhoff T and Schupp PJ (2019) Prokaryotic Diversity and Community Patterns in Antarctic Continental Shelf Sponges. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:297. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00297   

Cortés-Albayay, C., Silber, J., Imhoff, J. F, Asenjo, J. A., Andrews, B., Nouioui, I. and Dorador, C. 2019. The Polyextreme Ecosystem, Salar de Huasco at the Chilean Altiplano of the Atacama Desert Houses Diverse Streptomyces spp. with Promising Pharmaceutical Potentials. Diversity, 11 (5) 69. DOI 10.3390/d11050069.          

Imhoff, J.F., Rahn, T., Künzel, S., Neulinger, S.C.: Phylogeny of Anoxygenic Photosynthesis Based on Sequences of Photosynthetic Reaction Center Proteins and a Key Enzyme in Bacteriochlorophyll Biosynthesis, the Chlorophyllide Reductase. Microorganisms 2019, 7, 576; doi:10.3390/microorganisms7110576

Qian, Z., Antosch, J., Wiese, J., Imhoff, J. F., Fiedler, H. P., Pöthig, A. and Gulder, T. A. M. 2019. Structures and biological activities of cycloheptamycins A and B. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 17 (27). pp. 6595-6600. DOI 10.1039/c9ob01261c.

Sottorff, I., Künzel, S., Wiese, J., Lipfert, M., Preußke, N., Sönnichsen, F.D. and Imhoff, J.F. 2019. Antitumor Anthraquinones from an Easter Island Sea Anemone: Animal or Bacterial Origin? Marine drugs, 17, 154. doi:10.3390/md17030154. Published: 5 March 2019               

Sottorff, I., Wiese, J. and Imhoff, J. F. 2019. High diversity and novelty of Actinobacteria isolated from the coastal zone of the geographically remote young volcanic Easter Island, Chile. International Microbiology, 22 (3). pp. 377-390. DOI 10.1007/s10123-019-00061-9.

Sottorff, I., Wiese, J., Lipfert, M., Preußke, N., Sönnichsen, F.D. and Imhoff, J.F. 2019. Different secondary metabolilte profiles of phylogenetically almost identical Streptomyces griseus strains originating from geographically remote locations. Microogranisms, Microorganism, 7, 166, doi: 10.3390/microorganisms7060166

Villalobos, A.S., Wiese, J., Imhoff, J.F., Dorador, C., Keller, A., and Hentschel, U. 2019. Systematic Affiliation and Genome Analysis of Subtercola vilae DB165T with Particular Emphasis on Cold Adaptation of an Isolate from a High-Altitude Cold Volcano Lake. Microorganisms 2019, 7, 107; doi: 10.3390/microorganisms7040107

Tarhriz, V., Hirose, S., Fukushima, S. i., Hejazi, M. A., Imhoff, J. F., Thiel, V. and Hejazi, M. S. 2019. Emended description of the genus Tabrizicola and the species Tabrizicola aquatica as aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology, 112 (8). pp. 1169-1175. DOI 10.1007/s10482-019-01249-9.

Wiese J. & Imhoff, JF. 2019. Marine bacteria and fungi as promising source for new antibiotics. Drug Dev Res. 2018; 1–4. Wiley Periodicals, Inc. DOI: 10.1002/ddr.21482         


Bayer K, Jahn MT, Slaby BM, Moitinho-Silva L, Hentschel U (2018) Marine sponges as Chloroflexi Hot Spots: Genomic insights and high resolution visualization of an abundant and diverse symbiotic clade. American Society for Microbiology Journals. Published online: 26.12.2018

Edrada-Ebel RA, Ævarsson A, Polymenakou P, Hentschel U, Carettoni D, Day J, Green D, Hreggviðsson GO, Harvey L, McNeil B (2018) SeaBioTech: From Seabed to Test-Bed: Harvesting the Potential of Marine Biodiversity for Industrial Biotechnology 2018 Grand Challenges in Marine Biotechnology 451-504 Springer, Cham

Balasubramanian S, Skaf J, Holzgrabe U, Bharti R, Förstner KU, Ziebuhr W, Hentschel, U, Abdelmohsen UR, Oelschlaeger TA (2018) A New Bioactive Compound From the Marine Sponge-Derived Streptomyces sp. SBT348 Inhibits Staphylococcal Growth and Biofilm Formation. Front Microbiol. 2018 Jul 11;9:1473. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.01473. eCollection.

Domin H, Zurita-Gutiérrez YH, Scotti M, Buttlar J, Hentschel, U, Fraune S.  (2018) Predicted bacterial interactions affect in vivo microbial colonization dynamics in Nematostella. Front Microbiol. 2018 Apr 24;9:728. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00728. eCollection 2018.

Bang C, Dagan T, Deines P, Dubilier N, Duschl WJ, Fraune S, Hentschel U, Hirt H, Hülter N, Lachnit T, Picazo D, Pita L, Pogoreutz C, Rädecker N, Saad MM, Schmitz RA, Schulenburg H, Voolstra CR, Weiland-Bräuer N, Ziegler M, Bosch TCG (2018) Metaorganisms in extreme environments: do microbes play a role in organismal adaptation? Zoology (Jena). 2018 Feb 15. pii: S0944-2006(18)30019-9. doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2018.02.004. [Epub ahead of print] Review.

Wiese J, Abdelmohsen UR, Motiei A, Humeida U, Imhoff JF (2018) Bacicyclin, a new antibacterial cyclic hexapeptide from Bacillus sp. strain BC028 isolated from Mytilus edulis. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2018 Feb 15;28(4):558-561. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2018.01.062. Epub 2018 Feb 1.

Karimi E, Slaby BM, Soares AR, Blom J, Hentschel U, Costa R (2018) Metagenomic binning reveals versatile nutrient cycling and distinct adaptive features in alphaproteobacterial symbionts of marine sponges.  FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 94, Issue 6, June 2018, fiy074,

Pita L, Hoeppner MP, Ribes M and Hentschel U (2018) Differential expression of immune receptors in two marine sponges upon exposure to microbial-associated molecular patterns. Scientific Reports, 8 (1). Art.Nr. 16081, doi 10.1038/s41598-018-34330-w.

Pita L, Rix L, Slaby BM, Franke A, Hentschel U (2018) The sponge holobiont in a changing ocean: from microbes to ecosystems. Microbiome 6(1):46, doi: 10.1186/s40168-018-0428-1.

Astudillo-García C, Slaby BM, Waite DW, Bayer K, Hentschel U, Taylor MW (2018) Phylogeny and genomics of SAUL, an enigmatic bacterial lineage frequently associated with marine sponges. Environ Microbiol: doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13965.


Cheng C, Othman EM, Stopper H,  Edrada-Ebel R, Hentschel U, Abdelmohsen UR (2017) Isolation of petrocidin A, a new cytotoxic cyclic dipeptide from the marine sponge-derived bacterium, Streptomyces sp. SBT348. Marine Drugs 15(12). pii: E383. doi: 10.3390/md15120383.

Moitinho-Silva L, Nielsen S, Amnon A, Gonzalez A, Ackermann GL, Cerrano C, Astudillo-Garcia C, Easson C, Sipkema D, Liu F, Steinert G, Kotoulas G, McCormack GP, Feng G, Bell JJ, Vicente J, Björk JR, Montoya JM, Olson JB, Reveillaud J, Steindler L, Pineda MC, Marra MV, Ilan M, Taylor, MW, Polymenakou P,  Erwin PM,   Schupp PJ,Simister RL, Knight R,Thacker RW, Costa R,  Hill RT, Lopez-Legentil S, Dailianis T, Ravasi T, Hentschel U,  Li Z, Webster NS, Thomas T (2017). The sponge microbiome project. GigaScience, gix077,

Slaby BM, Hackl T, Horn H, Bayer K, Hentschel U (2017) Metagenomic binning of a marine sponge microbiome reveals unity in defense but metabolic specialization. ISME J. 11(11): 2465-2478. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2017.101.

Slaby BM, Hentschel U (2017) Draft genome sequences of "Candidatus Synechococcus spongiarum," cyanobacterial symbionts of the Mediterranean sponge Aplysina aerophoba. Genome Announc. 27: 5(17). pii: e00268-17. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00268-17.

Moitinho-Silva L, Steinert G, Nielsen S, Hardoim CCP, Wu YC, McCormack GP, López-Legentil S, Marchant R, Webster N, Thomas T, Hentschel U (2017) Predicting the HMA-LMA status in marine sponges by machine learning. Front Microbiol 8: 752. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00752.

Dashti Y, Grkovic T, Abdelmohsen UR, Hentschel U, Quinn RJ (2017) Actinomycete metabolome induction/suppression with N-acetylglucosamine. J Nat Prod 28: 80(4): 828-836. doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00673.

Cheng C, Balasubramanian S, Fekete A, Krischke M, Mueller MJ, Hentschel U, Oelschlaeger TA, Abdelmohsen UR (2017). Inhibitory potential of strepthonium A against Shiga toxin production in enterohemorrhagic  Escherichia coli (EHEC) strain EDL933.Nat Prod Res. 2017 Mar 13:1-6. doi: 10.1080/14786419.2017.1297443. [Epub ahead of print]

Abdelmohsen UR , Balasubramanian S, Oelschlaeger TA, Grkovic T, Pham NB, Quinn RJ, Hentschel U (2017) Potential of marine natural products against drug-resistant fungal, viral, and parasitic infections. Lancet Infect Dis: pii: S1473-3099(16)30323-1. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30323-1.

El-Hossary EM, Cheng C, Hamed MM, El-Sayed Hamed AN, Ohlsen K, Hentschel U, Abdelmohsen UR (2017) Antifungal potential of marine natural products. Eur J Med Chem 126:631-651. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2016.11.022.

Balasubramanian S, Othman EM, Kampik D, Stopper H, Hentschel U, Ziebuhr W, Oelschlaeger TA, Abdelmohsen UR (2017) Marine Sponge-Derived Streptomyces sp. SBT343 Extract Inhibits Staphylococcal Biofilm Formation. Front Microbiol.  Feb 16;8:236. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00236.


Pita L, Fraune S, Hentschel U (2016) Emerging sponge models of animal-microbe symbioses. Frontiers in Microbiol: 7:2102. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.02102

Hentschel U (2016) Mikrobielle und chemische Ökologie mariner Schwamm-Mikroorganismen-Interaktionen. In: Die Sprache der Moleküle- Chemische Kommunikation in der Natur. Rundgespräche Forum Ökologie. BAdW 45:59-67

Horn H, Slaby BM, Jahn MJ, Bayer K, Moitinho-Silva L, Förster F, Abdelmohsen UR, Hentschel U (2016) An enrichment of CRISPR and other defense-related features in marine sponge-associated microbial metagenomes. Frontiers in Microbiol: 7:1751

Kämpfer P, Busse HJ, Horn H, Abdelmohsen UR, Hentschel U, Glaeser SP (2016). Williamsia herbipolensis nov., isolated from the phyllosphere of Arabidopsis thaliana. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.001398.

Cheng C, Othman EM, Fekete A, Krischke M, Stopper H, Edrada-Ebel RA, Mueller MJ, Hentschel U, Abdelmohsen UR (2016) Strepoxazine A, a new cyctotoxic phenoxazin from the marine sponge-derived bacterium Streptomyces sp. SBT345.  Tetrahedron Letters: 57 (37). pp. 4196-4199. DOI 10.1016/j.tetlet.2016.08.005.

Jahn MT, Markert SM, Ryu T, Ravasi T, Stigloher C, Hentschel U, Moitinho-Silva L (2016) Shedding light on cell compartmentation in the candidate phylum Poribacteria by high resolution visualisation and transcriptional profiling. Sci Rep: 6:35860. doi: 10.1038/srep35860

Faist H, Keller A, Hentschel U, Deeken R (2016) Grapevine (Vitis vinifera) Crown Galls Host Distinct Microbiota. Appl Environ Microbiol.; 82(18): 5542–5552. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01131-16

Thomas T, Moitinho-Silva L,  Lurgi M, Björk JR, Easson C, Astudillo C, Olson JB, Erwin PM, López-Legentil S, Luter H, Chaves-Fonnegra A, Costa R, Schupp P, Steindler L, Erpenbeck D, Gilbert J, Knight R, Ackerman G, Lopez JV, Taylor MW, Thacker RW, Montoya JM, Hentschel U, Webster N (2016) Diversity, structure and convergent evolution of the global sponge microbiome. Nature Communications, 7:11870. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11870.

Cheng C, Othman EM, Reimer A, Grüne M, Kozjak-Pavlovic V, Stopper H, Hentschel U, Abdelmohsen UR (2016) Ageloline A, new antioxidant and antichlamydial quinolone from the marine sponge-derived bacterium Streptomyces sp. SBT345. Tetrahedron Letters: 57 (25). pp. 2786-2789. DOI 10.1016/j.tetlet.2016.05.042.

Ryu T, Seridi L, Moitinho-Silva L, Oates M, Liew YJ, Mavromatis C, Wang X, Haywood A, Lafi FF, Kupresanin M, Sougrat R, Alzahrani MA, Giles E, Ghosheh Y, Schunter C, Baumgarten S, Berumen ML, Gao X, Aranda M, Foret S, Gough J, Voolstra CR, Hentschel U, Ravasi T (2016) Hologenome analysis of two marine sponges with different microbiomes. BMC Genomics 17(1): 158. doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-2501-0.

Horn H, Keller A, Hildebrandt U, Kämpfer P, Riederer M, Hentschel U (2016) Draft genome of the Arabidopsis thaliana phyllosphere bacterium, Williamsia sp. ARP1. Stand Genomic Sci. 2016 Jan 16;11:8. doi: 10.1186/s40793-015-0122-x. eCollection 2016.


Horn H, Cheng C, Edrada-Ebel R, Hentschel U, Abdelmohsen UR (2015) Draft genome sequences of three chemically rich actinomycetes isolated from Mediterranean sponges. Mar Genomics: Pt 3: 285-287. doi: 10.1016/j.margen.2015.10.003.

Horn H, Hentschel U, Abdelmohsen UR (2015) Mining genomes of three marine sponge-associated actinobacterial isolates for secondary metabolism. Genome Announc 3(5). pii: e01106-01115. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01106-15.

Cheng C, MacIntyre L, Abdelmohsen UR, Horn H, Polymenakou PN, Edrada-Ebel R, Hentschel U (2015) Biodiversity, anti-trypanosomal activity screening, and metabolomic profiling of actinomycetes isolated from Mediterranean sponges. PLoS One: 10(9):e0138528. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138528.

Burgsdorf I, Slaby BM, Handley KM, Haber M, Blom J, Marshall CW, Gilbert JA, Hentschel U, Steindler L (2015) Lifestyle evolution in cyanobacterial symbionts of sponges. Mbio 6(3): e00391-15; doi: 10.1128/mBio.00391-15.

Abdelmohsen UR, Grkovic T, Balasubramanian S, Kamel MS, Quinn RJ, Hentschel U (2015) Elicitation of secondary metabolism in actinomycetes. Biotechnol. Adv. pii: S0734-9750(15)30012-4; doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2015.06.003

Reimer A, Blohm A, Quack T, Grevelding CG, Kozjak-Pavlovic V, Rudel T, Hentschel U, Abdelmohsen UR (2015) Inhibitory activities of the marine streptomycete-derived compound SF2446A2 against Chlamydia trachomatis and Schistosoma mansoni. J Antibiotics 68(11): 674-679. doi: 10.1038/ja.2015.54

Kämpfer P, Glaeser SP, Busse HJ, Abdelmohsen UR, Ahmed S, Hentschel U (2015) Actinokineospora spheciospongiae sp. nov., isolated from the marine sponge Spheciospongia vagabunda. IJSEM 65(Pt 3): 879-884

Abdelmohsen UR, Cheng C, Reimer A, Kozjak-Pavlovic V, Ibrahim AK, Rudel T, Hentschel U, Edrada-Ebel R, Ahmed SA (2015) Antichlamydial sterol from the Red Sea sponge Callyspongia aff. implexa. Planta Med. 81(5): 382-387

Bayer K, Slaby B, Hentschel U (2015) Den Unkultivierbaren auf der Spur. BIOspektrum 21 (1): 17-19